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Prairie soy sector standing still

The budding soybean industry in Western Canada is suffering from lack of local processing

Western Canada’s soybean sector is experiencing its chicken-or-egg moment. Production has grown quickly over the past several years, but still nobody has stepped forward to build a soybean crush plant in the region, according to Ron Davidson, executive director of Soy Canada, even though the economics are now in support of it. He told the […] Read more


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Veterinarians back key recommendations on combating antimicrobial resistance

Controlling use of medicines in animals linked to protecting effectiveness of human drugs

The Commons Health Committee has hit the mark with a report on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR), says the Canadian Veterinary Association. That group says the committee report, which aims to preserve the continued effectiveness of human medicines contains useful recommendations and recognizes steps already taken by vets and farm groups. It also sets out constructive […] Read more



The missing middle

Small farms will focus on domestic markets while the bigger ones will be eyeing foreign sales and mid-size ones will disappear

It’s a tale of two kinds of farms in Canada, without much in between. The well-established trend to fewer farms will continue in the coming years as smaller operations focus on supplying local markets and the larger ones concentrate on export sales, says Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Small farms will […] Read more


Transport modernization on hold

Liberals and Conservatives blame each other for latest transport bill delay

Liberals and Conservatives were quick to blame each other May 11 for the latest snafu in getting the transport modernization bill passed into law. Anxious farm groups will now have to wait until May 22 at the earliest for action. Read more: Grain groups rip lawmakers over derailed transport bill The Senate sent the bill back […] Read more



Commons approves amended transportation bill

The fate of much-awaited transportation reforms is now once again with the Senate

The Liberals used their majority in the Commons to defeat opposition attempts to accept all the amendments proposed to the transportation modernization legislation, and then approve their own changes to the bill. The bill goes back to the Senate for approval before it can receive royal assent and become law, although many of its provisions […] Read more


Turkey Farmers of Canada recognized for on-farm food safety

It’s the fourth group to be fully approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) has become the fourth commodity group to receive full recognition for its on-farm food safety program from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Chicken Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada and CanadaGAP on behalf of fruit and vegetable producers have already received the designation. “This recognition represents the culmination of […] Read more



Garneau agrees to Bill C-49 amendments

The federal transport minister will put forward a motion to accept Senate alterations to the bill

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he will accept several amendments to his transport modernization bill proposed by the Senate and supported by farm and resource sector groups. A letter to shippers’ groups dated April 27 said the minister would present a motion in the Commons to amend Bill C-49 “to reflect changes the Senate has […] Read more


Feds tout gun legislation as workable middle ground

Both proponents and opponents of gun control don’t like the new bill

There’s an old political adage that if critics on both sides of an issue don’t like a government policy then it may have struck the right balance. The government’s tightening of weapon registration and background checks included in a bill tabled in Parliament has miffed both stricter gun control supporters as well as gun-owner groups. […] Read more



Senate passes amended version of transport bill

The move ensures further delay in passing legislation to address ongoing rail service concerns

Hours before the start of a two-week Parliamentary recess, the Senate passed the transport modernization bill with 19 amendments that farm groups and others were seeking. However the move sends the bill back to the Commons for approval. As Transport Minister Marc Garneau opposed any amendments to it in an appearance just before the Senate […] Read more


Western farmers want rail headaches fixed for the future

Presentations to Commons agriculture committee all noted the need for a long-lasting fix to this problem

It’s too close to spring and planting time for a special order to the railways to move more grain to achieve much, Prairie farmers have told the Commons agriculture committee. Rural roads will soon be impassable for grain trucks and farmers will be focused on planting this year’s crop rather than hauling grain to terminals, […] Read more